My husband Darrin and I started Mahalo Properties to realize the potential we saw for real estate investment in the Alberta market. Mahalo now has investment partners from BC to Saskatchewan. Since joining the Real Estate Investors Network (REIN) in 2012, we have developed a systems-minded approach to property investment which provides a solid foundation upon which to build our portfolio. Since starting our membership, we have purchased nine investment properties totaling over $12.5M. Our goal is to grow our portfolio to produce $750,000 in annual rental income in 10 years’ time.
The name “Mahalo” is Hawaiian for “an expression of gratitude.” It is an appropriate word for how we approach business at Mahalo as we have deep gratitude for the investment partners and tenants we work with to achieve common goals.
With a master’s degree in Kinesiology, specializing in clinical populations, I worked in the health industry for 16 years. As a Project Manager in health care, I learned administrative and organizational management skills which I now apply in running Mahalo full time. I personally manage our rental properties, recruit tenants, and oversee our maintenance systems. As a real estate expert, I analyze and acquire top-performing properties, and screen and recruit joint venture partners. It is with great passion and attention to detail that I pursue Mahalo’s slogan:
Connecting great people with great properties.
At Mahalo Properties, we strongly believe in a customer loyalty strategy. We use The Gift Designers for memorable, high quality touch points with our clients.
To handle all of the maintenance and renovation needs for our properties, Mahalo chooses Q2Developments for reliable, prompt high quality work.
Only the highest quality contractors work with Mahalo Properties. With their slogan, “Good job, on time, done right”, Euro Brothers Coating Ltd. is a natural strategic partner to help us maintain the freshly painted, high quality interiors of our rental properties.
Mahalo believes in hiring those with the know-how to do the job, so the job is done right the first time. Shift Modern Interiors offers investors the blue print to renovation success, guiding the renovation plan from concept to reality.
Mahalo Properties has aligned with RMLO based on our shared values of open communication, integrity, excellence and creative value-added solutions.
Mahalo is a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity. We love the Habitat program because they help families who wouldn’t normally be able to buy a home become homeowners. More often than not, this breaks the cycle of poverty for families and enables them to be successful in work, school or starting their own business.
We have watched this program change lives while creating safe and healthy environments for kids to thrive in. We love the ‘teach a man to fish’ approach: the program requires homeowners to provide 500 hours of sweat equity toward their home build. Once the homeowner takes possession, they pay a ‘mortgage payment’ (a set proportion of their income) that goes directly back to Habitat to do it all over again for another family.
Kristal mobilizes a crew of women annually for Habitat’s Women Build, which is a day staffed with solely women volunteers who build for the day. She aims to do this annually and eventually expand these builds to gather people together from where we live to travel to other parts of the world to build for Habitat.